Tuesday, 5 January 2016

How To Care For Your Needles And Hooks

Our recent blog post introduced you to our extensive range of knitting needles.  Now we would like to help you care for the needles you have in your collection. Whether you have chosen wooden, metal, carbon fibre or acrylic needles, a little attention will make sure they give you hours of knitting pleasure for many years.

The tip is the most important part of the needle – it impacts on each stitch you work. We always advise our customers to do the best they can to protect the tips of all their needles, particularly those that already have stitches on them.  Our needle point protectors come in pairs and in two sizes for small or larger needles.  Simply slip one on each point when you have finished for the day.

For DPNs we recommend our special DPN tube.  Not only does it protect your valuable needles, especially in the smaller sizes but it also holds your project ready for you to start knitting again. Made from recycled acid-free paper each tube extends to make room for needles of different sizes.  They come in packs of three for those of us that have lots of projects on the go.

What about the needles, or indeed crochet hooks you aren’t using?  We have a wonderful range of clutches and totes to help you keep your idle needles in fine fettle. Our collections are named after the rivers Danube, Volga and Rhine and are made from premium faux leather. We are particular fans of the interchangeable cases that are intelligently designed to accommodate your collection in a handy size for knitters on the go.    

Finally, here are our tips for day-to-day needle and hook maintenance.

  • We strongly recommend that you do not use our needles for anything other than knitting.  
  • If you need to clean your needles, wipe them with a clean muslin, paper towel or microfiber cloth. 
  • If you have interchangeable needles or Tunisian hooks only use the key provided to fasten/unfasten them from the cables.  
  • When not using your interchangeables unfasten them and store the tips and cable. 
  • Karbonz needles should be stored away from direct heat or sunlight. 
  • Wooden and bamboo hooks and needles get naturally moisturised by the oils in the wool yarn and your hands, thus becoming smoother with every use. However, it is a good idea to clean and moisturise your wooden needles a couple of times in a year. For this, clean your needles with a clean, dry muslin or paper towel, then apply a very thin layer of natural bee’s wax. Allow it to dry and then buff it with soft muslin or chamois cloth and leave for at least 24 hours before using them for knitting.  

Whether your collection of KnitPro needles is large or small we hope that you’ll find these tips and suggestions useful. If you have any questions or feedback, please write to our experts at support@knitpro.eu .


  1. Hello. I am from India. I have knitpro crochet hooks with ergonomic handle. They have become sticky overtime. Kindly suggest how to clean them

  2. When we use the cable alone and forget about it, we end up inadvertently pulling the sleeve of the fabric across the fingers. For more ideal details about circular knitting needles, pop over to these guys.

  3. The tips of my knitpros feel a bit ragged - like as if they are splintered - but I can’t see anything wrong. Will waxing the tips help or are they just ‘worn out”?